REVIEW: “Ghosts” at the Williamstown Theatre Festival

by Roseann Cane Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), often referred to as the father of realism in modern theater, created a body of work that unflinchingly examined social mores (including marital roles), hypocrisy, religion, and ethics. In his day, theatergoers found themselves shocked and scandalized by the subject matter he explored as he continued to create what…

REVIEW: “Blue” at the Glimmerglass Festival

by Roseann Cane A few days ago, I attended the World Premiere of Blue at the Glimmerglass Festival. I found I required something of a respite before I was able to sit down and write about this opera. I was so profoundly affected by this contemporary story of grief and injustice that I frequently pondered…

REVIEW: “The Full Monty” at Capital Repertory Theatre

by Roseann Cane Psssst…sister…you wanna have a good time? Get yerself a ticket to The Full Monty, now playing at the Capital Repertory Theatre! I’d never seen this musical before, and I must admit that my expectations were not that great. I enjoyed the original English film version, which came out in 1997. Since the…

REVIEW: “Show Boat” at The Glimmerglass Festival

by Roseann Cane   Show Boat, first produced by Florenz Ziegfeld in 1927, marked a turning point in theater history.. Appearing during a time when frothy entertainment like light-hearted operettas and revues packed the theater scene, this was likely the first musical driven by a serious plot, the first musical where book and music merged.…

REVIEW: “Into the Woods” at Barrington Stage

by Roseann Cane As Barrington Stage Company‘s production of Into the Woods opens, we’re presented with a group of fairy-tale familiar characters, including Cinderella (Amanda Robles); Jack (the Beanstalk climber, played by Clay Singer); Little Red Riding Hood (Dorcas Leung), and Rapunzel (Anna Tobin). A dapper narrator (Thom Sesma) draws us into their world, where…

“Into the Woods” Opens Barrington Stage Company’s 25th Season

(Pittsfield, MA) Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in the Berkshires (Pittsfield, MA) under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, presents Into the Woods with performances June 19 through July 13 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage.   Into the Woods features music and lyrics by 13-time Tony Award winner Stephen Sondheim, a book by…

REVIEW: “Waitress” at Proctors

by Roseann Cane   I remember the 2007 independent film, Waitress, well, and with a tinge of sadness. A charming and whimsical story of a young woman whose ingenious pie-making skills help guide her away from her abusive husband, I remember it so vividly because its writer, director, and co-star, Adrienne Shelly, was murdered in…